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has been at president obama's side. he has designed the white footprints strategy focusing on drones and special forces -- forces. he was involved in the bin laden raid. the big question in my mind is, will he be happy being back at the cia where he spent 25 years. he has been running the operation of all of the american intelligence services in recent years. >> a lot of people do not know who he is. thank theorem much -- thanks very much. among the challenges facing the next defense secretary is getting american combat troops home from afghanistan by 2014. american officials will discuss the trickier details. some reports the actual drawdown is already underway. >> they are cleaning up and clearing out. u.s. marines and their armored vehicles are leaving afghanistan behind and heading back to the states. 30,000 foreign troops left the country last year. this compound holds only a tiny fraction of what is to be returned. it is all going to be sent back home. >> we are not going to leave anything behind. we have a long history of bringing nothing with us. if it is on serviceable and b
morning to you. the white house confirmed today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this morning. he's a 25 year vet at the cia and went through his own bit of controversy when he was first considered for that job back in 2008. as for chuck hagel, he is expected to face criticism from his own party, both of those nominations being announced later today. today president obama is expected to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam i
, they're going to stand with president obama at the white house to accept his nomination for defense secretary and cia director respectively. neither choice is a shock and neither is likely to have an easy go at the senate confirmation process because you know that's coming up. joining me now with the sin sights on this and the expert e expertise, gloria borger and chief national correspondent john king. in the interest of the new year's resolution to be positive, let's start with the pros, gloria borger. let's go over the list with chuck hagel as the starting point. he's a war hero. and he has two purple hearts from vietnam serving alongside of his brother. each of them saving each other's life which is a story unto itself. and he went on to represent a native nebraska in the u.s. senate and now he co-chairs the president's intelligence advisory board. that sounds like a pretty good cv, they say. what's not to like? >> well, if you're in the white house, you say that's the reason his confirmation should be smooth sailing. but, you know, he was a two-term senator and when you're a t
a spending problem. the white house is not backtracked on that. obama has backtracked on something, medicaid cuts. he was willing to do $110 billion in cuts and he is not going to. president obama was admitting that he could not bring his left his democrats to the table on spending cuts. that is why we're going to have another fight on this in february. >> if things were getting better and he has created these jobs, why do we have to increase spending on food stamps. >> greg: when he says we don't have a spending problem, he is right. we have a mental health problem, only a person saying that would have a mental problem. the tweets, okay? this is my twisted metaphor, voting for obama is like eating a pint of ben and jerry's in your sweats because the sweats don't have elastic. you don't feel the consequences of eating the ice cream. next day you get up to work and you put on jeans under a can't get them on because you are fat pig. so voting for obama is eating ice cream in your sweats. >> bob: that is twisted. >> greg: the fact is... wait... with this media the only way to cure lessism is le
of chuck hagel's arrival at the white house moments ago. there he is. in the next hour president obama -- there he is, yeah -- is expected to announce hagel -- zoom in -- as his defense secretary nominee and john brennan as his pick to head the cia. we will take a look at brennan and his role in the administration's controversial drone program when former assistant secretary of state p.j. crowley joins us just ahead. at optionsxpress we're all about options trading. we create easy-to-use, powerful trading tools for all. look at these streaming charts! they're totally customizable and they let you visualize what might happen next. that's genius! we knew you needed a platform that could really help you elevate your trading. so we built it. chances of making this? it's a lot easier to find out if a trade is potentially profitable. just use our trade & probability calculator and there it is. for all the reasons you trade options - from income to risk management to diversification - you'll have the tools to get it done. strategies. chains. positions. we put 'em all on one screen! could we m
will 2013 be the year that president obama attempts to do something about it legislatively. >> white house aides says a group led by biden following the connecticut tragedy is taking a broad approach and gun laws is part of the issue. that translates the president wants more than reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition. >> legislation that would close the many loopholes in our background system, issues of mental health and education are part of this problem and need to be addressed as part of the effort that biden has taken. >> some supporters of the second amendment it's about freedom and gun control is not the answer. >> bad guys aren't stupid. they are just bad. they are going to figure out a way, they will figure out a way to get a firearm. >> weapons can be used to are protection. in georgia on friday, a mother at home with her twins, fired her revolver when an ex-convict broke in. he is worried about overreaching. >> i think you need to put everything on the table but what i hear from the administration that is way in extreme of what i think is necessary or
epidemic. the earliest and >>> president obama will return to work at the white house in the morning. the president faces a long to do list as he gets ready to start his second term. that work includes replacing two key members of his cabinet. abc news reporter chuck sievertson has more. jay for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns from hawaii to a climate that is chilly in more ways than one. he reportedly has chosen the republican senator chuck heigle to replace leon panetta as secretary of defense. hiegle would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is already running an ad against heigle. >> for secretary of defense, chuck heigl se not a responsible option. >> even the top senate republican is holding back judgments. >> i will wait and see how the hearing goes, and see if chuck's view squares with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hiegle is a tremendous patriot and statesman and served incredibly in vietnam and serv
a lot of experience within the cia. he has developed a very good relationship with obama and the white house over the past few years. in a sense, they are choosing the safe road because i think they understand they are in for a bit of a battle with hagel. connell: they may have nominated brennan in the fast. the technique came up and they did not want to go through it. apparently, now they are okay going through it. >> i think in a sense it is a passage of time. i think they probably would have gotten the nod before. you have this bizarre story that is been brought up as a result of the release of that film. it is a bit of a name issue. connell: what did you think of the movie? >> it is good entertainment. hollywood does what hollywood does. they make some choices. they have strong leads. it is good entertainment. that part of it is that the senators seem to be mistaking entertainment for reality. what this film is depicting as it does not match our perception. connell: it does show people in your business do a lot of hard work. quick thought on hagel. >> this is the one that will caus
that the obama administration might be moving towards pushing for defense cuts. so i think you'll he have a lot of pushback, certainly on the republican side of the aisle to that. >> the white house, the president certainly, they know what he's going to face. does it it feel like to you that the president is sort of itching for a fight by going ahead with this nomination? >> you think of all the things facing the president in washington to get done, the gun issue, immigration reform. why would he try to stoke a fight over this, when there are other qualified people who are democrats even that republicans steam to suggest would have gotten an easy ride, an easy confirmation and michelle for one, prominent defense intellectual on the democratic side and i've talked with some republicans who actually milike her, she would have been easy-- and it's kind of strange, some republicans see it as an odd choice. >> shannon: the president says there's not going to be a fight over the debt ceiling we know the money has running out at this point and they have to do something and republicans have held it out
as president obama's counterterrorism and homeland security advisor at the white house, and more information as soon as we get it. >> the next act in gerard depardieu's role as a russian citizen. he was welcomeded by putin and the expatriate was greeted as a hero in a town east of moscow offered an apartment for free. it's not clear where he intends to settle down. his decision to flee his homeland was prompted by the proposed supertax on millionaires. let's do fox fast forward looking ahead to big stories coming up this week. sources telling fox news, president obama will official nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as defense secretary tomorrow. if confirmed, hagel would replace defense secretary leon panetta and a suspects in a deadly colorado movie massacre returns it court and prosecutors expected to outline his case against james holmes and the judge will decide whether to send the case to trial. and on this day in 2001, a joint session of congress officially certified george w. bush the winner of the 2000 presidential election. it had been one of the hardest fought campaig
. and i was trying to think and step back on the fiscal cliff, actually maybe speaker boehner did obama a big favor by making sure that got through the house. then the issue is off the table. we're going to talk about spending. i'm not sure i agree with michael that the white house holds the best hand here. because the country wants some sort of serious spending cuts. andrea: speaking of that, let me read you a quote from your own book. the book on the debt negotiations of 2011. remember those. many in the white house, said it was hard to get a deal because boehner had has to prove to his members -- obama has to be destroyed, crushed but john boehner says no, it's all about cutting spending. i don't have an evil bone in my body. bob, it's humiliation still the goal of the republicans or -- >> it is for some. but i don't think it ever was for boehner. i think he's more of a pragmatic moderate. and we'll see if the white house is going to realize it's much better to have a speaker boehner with that mindset than somebody from the tea party or the more extreme right which would just lay dow
controversial pick for president obama. we should note the white house just put out some official guidance at 1:05 this afternoon the president will come out and make a personnel announcement. we expect that to be the announcement of chuck hagel for defense secretary and john brennan for director of the cia. but getting back to chuck hagel, you mentioned some of his credentials just a few moments ago. he is not only a republican senator who served in these halls with many of these same senators who might be opposing him or asking him tough questions, he also served in veet na vietnam. carol, he took controversial positions over the years and made some controversial statements. he opposed the iraq surge, the surge of troops into iraq to help stabilize that country during the second term of george w. bush. he has from time to time opposed unilateral sampnctions on iran. that also raised the dan der of neo-conservatives here in washington. so it's no surprise -- and he's made some comments about israel and the israeli lobby group, apac, calling them the jewish lobby. that has angered a lot of jewi
in to that state department gig. president obama going with john kerry but you are seeing the white house going for a full throttled fight to get and to win chuck hagel and not going to be easy. >> mark murray, thank you so much. happy new year. see you tomorrow. >> thanks. >>> another group that's voiced opposition to chuck hagel's nomination is gay rights activists. at issue, comments hagel made in 1998 about james hor mel, president bill clinton's nomi e nominee. he was called openly aggressively gay and called it an inhibiting factor. hagel apologized for the remarks last month. the group outserve reacted saying we appreciate his apology and the commitment he expressed to the lgbt service members and their families. it will be incumbent upon him to lay out actions he will take to support that commitment. joining me now alison robertson, director of that organization, outserve. thank you so much for joining us. >> thanks, tamron. great to be here. >> absolutely. i want to play what former congressman barney frank had to say early on. he was on saying if another group had a comments made abo
nominated for the positions. neither confirmation is guarantee. the white house says it is confident both will assume the positions for president obama's second term. both posts require senate confirmation. live in the newsroom for abc7 fuzz. >> thank you. developing news, the supreme court scheduled back-to-back sessions dealing with same-sex marriage starting march 26 at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. the high court scheduled arguments in the challenge to california's proposition 8 that forbids same sex margin. the next day they will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal defense of marriage act. that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >> and mike nicco has the forecast and the fog that is slow to bun. >> it is still out this especially over the bay. now, outside, you can see from emeryville to san francisco there is a finger right there and everyone else is clearing. hazy sunshine on the way if two days, then alaska will send us a cold air mass. i will show you how much it will rain. >> thank you. plus, google chairman schmidt arrives in north korea, the
realizing it was much more serious than that. >> president obama and the white house have a lot of issues that they want to address in the second term. how important is it to you that he pursue comprehensive gun control legislation in this coming year? >> extremely important. >> he works with mayors against illegal guns. >> so are you calling on him to really take some action? >> and we have been since aurora to really take leadership on this issue and since tucson really. it's so many times in the past we've seen kind of a failure of leadership, but this feels different. i mean, the president has verbally committed his administration to working on this issue. i think that's the right thing to do. >> would you want to testify? i mean, they said 70 -- casey wian has been reporting on this for us. he said 70 people will be called to testify in this hearing, which could last a week, which is pretty unusual. would you want to testify? >> frankly, i should think i'm better served working on this issue because, sure, this has happened, but the trial won't change the fact that it happened. it's
. it's spiked by nearly $6 trillion by president obama's tenure in the white house. that is more debt than any president has seen through bill clinton. the past years the nation's department has been growing at an average of 121 bill kwropb dollarkwropb per month and still counting. >> hillary clinton is back at work after an illness that left her sidelined. she is meeting with people in washington. she was hospitalized september 30th after doctors discovered a blood clot after a concussion she sustained in a fall. she was treated with blood thinners to dissolve that clot. back to work at the state department. >> u.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they s
obama was then senator obama at the time. we got sort of tipped off to some of the talking points that you will likely hear parroted over the next couple weeks from the white house when it comes to chuck hagel. they refer to him as a straight shooter. they say he understands the world stage. also really focus on the fact that he is a combat veteran. recognize the significance of that, thomas. if he is to be nominated as he will be just about an hour and a half from now and then confirmed, he would become the first grunt, as it were, the first enlisted soldier and vietnam veteran, purple heart war hero, decorated from his time in service, to go on to be the secretary of defense. the way the white house sort of views this right now is two-fold. one, they see him despite the criticisms as a man who wore the uniform who can stand up to those generals in the pentagon. of course, the president did not serve in the military. and then with all these bruising battles in terms of the fiscal issues, the economy going forward, who better to sort of represent the white house when they try to d
face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful businessman, he also knows that even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. and keep
is over. she back at the white house with a full schedule including replacing cabinet officers and balancing the budget. here is more. >> for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns to from hawaii to a climate that is chilly. he has chosen chuck hagel as secretary of defense. he would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some have questioned how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> even the top senate republican says she reservation judgment. >> i'm going wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's view square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in this country as united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury-secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of his economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to pay america's's bills and acr
standards to tackle money laundering and other international crimes. >>> from white house to wall street our correspondents tell you what you need to know. >> president obama plans to announce chuck hagel as his pick to replace leon panetta on monday. we're on the lookout for more cabinet nominations that could come as early as this week. for secretary of state, secretary of the treasury and cia director. >>> investors are getting ready for the first full week of trading of 2013. analysts expect the s&p 500 to climb about 5% this year. earnings season also kicks off this coming week, as always, aluminum giant alcoa is first reporting fourth quarter results on tuesday. keep an eye on the consumer electronics show this week. the annual event held in las vegas is where major products like the vcr, blu-ray and other electronics are unveiled. >>> people's choice awards being handed out on wednesday. academy award nominations will be announced on thursday, and we'll have your coast to coast coverage. >>> it's back to work for the first time in a month for outgoing secretary of state hillary clinto
republican sources told me that it was president obama who absolutely insisted on it. then when i called the white house every day almost for the last week they are not returning my calls to ask are they the ones who put in the bill. >> neil: how is this double-a counting or double booking if you will are are these matters tharp already addressed, spending that was already out there or just maybe the second time is a charm and we will get it passed? >> again, these were existing special tax breaks set to expire. >> neil: that continued. >> on december 31 and were pushed on. thereless go is to be a fight if they took up the bill. some things more bipartisa like research and development. a lot were contentious things that would have been killed through the regular legislative process but instead got stuck into the must pass legislation. the great thing is that the number the cost of these to the treasury report cost of these corporate tax extenders is more than obama s gaining for his tax hikes for the rich. he hiked taxes on rich to pay for corporate welfare. >> neil: which essentially is
the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may be able to win over some people. as you know, for instance, the comments where he said jewish lobby, when he was talking to a reporter instead of saying pro-israel lobby. that, the white house said, was something t
.7 billion bill to help victims of superstorm sandy is logged. president obama signed the aid deal which will pay flood insurance claims. the white house says 100,000 claims would have been held up without extra money. house vote next week on a more comprehensive $51 billion sandy aid package. the vote expedited after republicans, democrats, assailed boehner for not getting it done, fiscal cliff deal. apparently now $60 billion on the way, badly needed money when you compare it to how fast, say, katrina victims got their aid. what's happening in the northeast with sandy. >> at least it happened. >> yes. better late than never. right? >> exactly. >>> a look at your weather. heavy rain in the pacific northwest mountain snow in the cascade and rockies. evening thunderstorms from houston to corpus christi. showers, thunderstorms in florida. thawing from denver to new york. >> 40s here in the northeast, 30s, fargo to detroit. 55, sacramento. 61 in phoenix. >>> oh as you all know, christian holiday season is officially over. ending with this weekend's feast of the three kings. >> right. i cele
's not surprising to me. what you have to see is how well the white house defends this pick. right now this is a pick that doesn't have a lot of friends on either side of the party. ultimately democrats are going to listen to what barack obama says about his own cabinet. another thing important to mention here is like matt was saying a bit is, take the john brennan pick. the john kerry pick. obama's trying to surround himself with people he really is friends with and likes. the first term was people like hillary clinton, jim jones, bob gates. they're big names. those aren't necessarily obama allies. brennan, hagel, kerry, susan rice, these are really people obama knows and is close to. that's what he's trying to build for his second term. >> i want to bring in congressman adam schiff, democrat from california. always good to see you, congressman, good morning. >> thank you. good morning. >> do you think if this fight if it does materialize over chuck hagel could have the effect of taking the focus off of other things that need to get done? things like the debt ceiling? >> well, i don't
. >>> and hillary clinton gets back to work. >>> good morning. the white house is confirmed that today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck h a, gel as his pick for next secretary of defense. they're vowing that it will be a rough road to combination who opposed the iraq war. more now from washington. >> reporter: this is a republican who would work for a democrat but not a big fan of republicans at least not in the senate here on capitol hill. they say he's out of the main stream and they're ready for a fight. today president obama is expect to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. a purple heart vet, hagel is a moderate republican, he opposed unilateral sanctions against iraq and once said being gay inhibits effectiveness. >> he apologized for it. >> reporter: republicans call him a controversial in your face pick. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most an tig nis to the state of israel. >> reporter: the wind down of troops in afghanistan, a war he supported then criticized. republicans are e
to be a big week for white house staff announcements. president obama will nominate john brennan as an ex-c.i.a. director. that could happen as soon as today. brennan previously spent 25 years at the spy agency. mike morrell is acting director. he replaced general petraeus who resigned over an extra marital affair. today we'll begin to hear all of the evidence against the colorado movie massacre. the judge will then decide if the case should go to trial. holmes is accused of killing 12 people, injuring dozens more in that shooting last july. secretary of state hillary clinton heading back to work today. a few hours from now clinton will return to the state department. she was released five days ago from a hospital for treatment of a potentially life threatening blood clot. many lawmakers still demanding secretary clinton testify about the benghazi libya terror attack before they vote on john kerry as her successor. >>> look at what's left of this car that had a six-month-old baby inside when it ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck. this is in the state of maine. cops say even
mike emanuel is here on this topic today. we knew the white house would work on a proposal for this. where does this stand right now? >> reporter: senior obama administration official told us over the weekend they're taking a broad approach and gun laws are only one part of the issue. vice president joe biden was asked by president obama to develop plans. they're expected to include background checks for all gun buyers and include a database to allow the atf to check all gun sales. here is out key democrats pitching washington to take action. >> federal government has the obligation to act and prevent tomorrow's senseless death by insuring guns stay out hands of criminals and those who are dangerously ill. we should be able to find, reasonable, common sense reforms that can preserve our rights and protect our families at the same time. >> reporter: but with such an emotional issue such as the second amendment that can be tricky, jenna. jenna: mike emanuel, live in washington. mike, thank you. jon: there's a difficult situation underway right now at boston's logan airport. we don't k
then you go to the white house will you tell your friends what was served at dinner what michele obama war? what was a senator really like what obamacare said to you and how the spoon managed to fall into your jacket? today we pick up the cell phone and we have lost that were weak text that we do not describe the ambience or the music field to say cool or jerk and will bayous vowels. 200 years ago we would composed several lengthy letters that provided a context. we know what the weather was on certain days of george's life because he took notes of the of whether. we know how many heads of cattle he slaughtered because he wrote it down. the internet provides a great way for us to do research about traveling around the world. it provides a way to connect people but also with new technology we could lose a lot. historians will have a rough time. but today we are extra cognizant of the impact of the damning letter. they were historic for some extent. later in life toward washington tried to collect and edit his earlier letters he was up for speller. he tried to collect letters to rewrite them
more on the ongoing search coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00 this morning. >> president obama is back in washington, dc, this morning, after spending nine days vacationing in hawaii with the first family arriving back at white house yesterday. new numbers tallied by abc shows he played five rounds of golf on vacation. the president and first family spent two afternoons enjoying the beach. he spent an afternoon with his daughters and finally the president interrupted the vacation for six days to head back to negotiate the fiscal cliff talks in washington. >> playoff fever is gripping the bay area and this morning at 10:00, the nineers divisional playoff tickets are on sale through ticket master holding the green bay packer on saturday at 5:00 p.m. and the number of seats is limited so visit ticket exchange to try to find additional seats. more tickets could come available later because of returns. fat chance. those tickets are made only available through ticket master. >> i am setting my timer for 9:59. still ahead, the biggest event with everything high tech, what to expect ah
station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: today's announcement at the white house sets up a pair of potential confirmation fights. president obama's choices to oversee the pentagon and the c.i.a. will now be called to answer questions about everything from israel to iran to interrogations. there has been much speculation about both nominations, but the president made them official this afternoon in the east room of the white house. >> my choice for two key members of my national security team. chuck hagel, former secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> woodruff: hagel is a vietnam veteran who would replace the retiring leon panetta. he would be the first defense secretary who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck is the champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families. as the leader of the v.a., he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserve. as head of the u.s.o., he devoted himsel
of issues in the white house briefing today including president obama's announcement that he was nominating chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. >> i am not sure that there are many of you who did. we will now take questions. >> does the president feel like hagel needs to address his past comments on israel and iran before he can be confirmed or are those comments irrelevant to this process? >> well, today the president announced his nominees for secretary of defense and the director of the central intelligence agency and made broad comments about why the men he nominated are the right people for the jobs. there will be a process in each case where the senate reviews the nominees. the president asks the senate to move quickly because these positions are very important for the national security. i know senator hagel and john brennan look forwarded to that process and to fair hearings in both cases. it is a routine part of the exercise that nominees are asked about views on various issues. on the matters you just raised senator hagel has been a stanch supporter of israel. of the israeli-am
.n. ban. >> a senior white house officials as president obama will nominate john britton to be the next director of the cia. the announcement is expected this morning at 10:00 our time. >> down brennan is the white house's point man for targeting terrorists. >> going to the cia you are further away from the white house and access to the president. >> at the way britain would be coming home. he joined the cia after route reading a want ad in the newspaper. he learned arabic. he was a candidate for cia director four years ago but he pulled out of contention when critics slammed his involvement ambushed their interrogations. the former general had a culture clash with a career cia analyst. following outsiders may be easier for britain. >> they think here's a guy who understands as and will have our backs and defend us. >> brennan was intimately involved in the assault on osama bin lawton.aden. >> brennan had been on leave and allow an account for 15 years and remembered that they had a dog when they were living in sioux down. >> brennan suggested been latin cowardly use a human shield. he
outs of all congressional funding by the end of march. the current white house chief of staff is expected to inherit those headaches as gite neither's replacement. and president obama has promised quick action on vice president joe biden's proposals expected soon for new gun control laws following the school shootings in newtown, connecticut. abc news, new york. >>> apparently some of the thrill is gone for barack obama. four years and one re-election after his historic oath taking as america's first black president, far fewer people are expected this time. between 600,000 and 800,000. inaugural festivities are being scaled back including two official balls this year. there were 10 the last time around. >>> one of the president's most ardent supporters, nancy pelosi was in san francisco for a celebration. the speaker hosted her annual happy new year celebration at the presidio. the celebration is in honor of the rehab program that is dear to pelosi's heart. she gave the crowd a prediction. >> 2013 will be a great year. you know why? we will make it so. we will insist upon it.
obama on offense for defense. our gaggle will break down the hagual pick and new word on what the white house is planning to do about gun violence. but, first, white house soup of the day. a good pick for the first big monday back to work. turkey lentil. will any of the nominations be a turkey? run down the debate between seymour and clemens. she knows you like no one else. and you wouldn't have it any other way. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stoma
at the white house. and then friday, she'll be one of the key people dealing with hamid karzai on that important issue. >> thank you, jill. >>> four minutes past the hour. president obama signed into law the first bill signed into law by the 113th congress. a 9$9.7 billion superstorm sand aid package. most used to pay flood insurance claims. the house and senate will vote on a second package later this month. president obama received harsh criticism when he refused to bring a $60 billion sandy bill up for a houvote. >>> and bashar al-assad dismissing any chance of peace talks with rebel forces, referring to them as murderous criminals and demanding the west stop funding them. >>> lawyers for a case in steubenville, ohio, defense attorney adam neman sees no way to move forward in steubenville. >> we perceive threats to individuals, witnesses defendants and defense counsel, we're concerned about safety issues at this point. secondly, i'm concerned about whether or not the case should be tried in this area. >> 16-year-old s are charged wih raping a girl in august during a night of
they are against his nomination. >>> at the same white house event this morning, president obama will nominate john brennan as the new cia director. he's currently the counterterrorism and homeland security adviser. he's also a 25-year cia veteran. president obama considered nominating brennan for the job four years but brennan withdrew his name after being criticized during the bush administration. >>> 49ers fans are ready. in a couple of hours tickets go on sale for saturday's big playoff games against the green bay packers. but knows tickets will not be easy to get. ryan flores is live in san francisco. any idea how many tickets are up for grabs, ryan? >> reporter: very few, dave. very few. that's the latest we're hearing from the team. if you are a 49ers' fan you are probably hoping this week goes by fast because you are looking forward to the game and it was messed to be an -- it's expected to be an amazing game and aaron rodgers is coming back. colin kaepernick. tickets, yes, they will be hard to come by. the team announced that a very limited amount of tickets will be available at 10:00 a.m.
with president obama's nominee for defense secretary online. we're going to take you live now to the white house briefing room. jay carney is going to be taking up that topic most likely. the nominees were secretary of defense chuck hagel and for director of the cia, john bren unanimous -- john brennan. >> thank you for being here. it is wonderful seeing you for the first time in the new year. i hope everyone had some time off and time with family. i'm not sure there were many of you who had too little of both but it is what it is. i will take your questions. >> i notice that in the nomination ceremony the president was speaking and never mentioned vale. does the president feel like hagel needs to address his past comments on veal and iran -- >> today the president announced his nominees for the secretary of defense and made broad comments about why the two men he nominated are the right people for the jobs. there will be a process in each case where the senate reviews the nominees and the president asked the senate to move quickly because these positions are very important for our national secu
stocks he thinks will miss. ♪ . cheryl: president obama announced his pick for secretary of defense. former republican senator chuck hagel, and there could be some opposition. >> rich edson has more from the white house. rich: there are some who have supported. many will wait and see how the confirmation hearing process plays out. the administration is nominating a person, or military war veteran, th vietnam war veteran. republicans they say those in opposition perhaps some lack of support for israel, one saying he is not a senator from israel, he voted against the iran sanctions and opposed the iraq surge. coming down to where we are in washington is all about spending and military spending. spew his nose as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. guided by our strategy and keep the military the strongest we have ever known. speed would have to know all options on the table to restore the fiscal health but we sure can't walk away from the table when it comes to our number one responsibilities of the federal government, that is keep the american people safe. rich:this
have to build trust between people and organizations. >> did you distrust the people at the white house? did you distrust key members of the obama administration when it came to their policy in dealing with afghanistan? >> i think what's most important is we spent a lot of timesharing information to try to build trust. trust kochl comes with time, wi cooperation and with compromise. i think that's what we worked through. >> with all due respect, you didn't answer my question. did you distrust key members of the administration in with respect to their handling of the war in afghanistan? >> yeah. i still believe that the most important thing we can do is build that trust. over time that's -- >> you're being a good soldier he here. i want to take you back to the "rolling stone" magazine that led to your resignation from your post. there were several demeaning comments attributed to your staff members and even to you. was that article accurate? was that the way you and your staff members felt about those people? >> it's interesting. in my book i outline that in about a page and a half in a
to make that decision inside a tight, small group in the white house. >> you know, but there has been this sort of fake consensus for the last four years that everybody supports a hard line on iran. it's ill defined what has been. i think obama is shattering that in saying there is a real policy debate on iran. hagel is going to prompt a real policy debate. he's opposed sanctions in the past, opposed military action. i think obama is at least, whether he wants to or not, sending a signal that he's much less eager to have military action against iran than at least a lot of republicans in the senate. >> fascinating. >> that's going to show up in a web video. >> is it really? >> you did good. >> i appreciate that. >> you didn't say all those words -- >> trained not to? >> only buzzfeed could buzzfeed it out, though. >> i don't even know what that means, chuck. >> i don't quite either, but do you it. >> chuck todd, final prediction, i alabama/notre dame. >> i'm sticking with what i stuck with a month ago, double digits, 'bama. >> roll tide. >> ben, thank you. >> thank you, ben. >>> the yo
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to ashley. ashley: lawn -- lauren green, thank you so much. appreciate it. president obama facing heavy oppositions from republicans about the nomination of secretary of defense, and rich edson at the white house with more on this story. rich? >> well, one of the next of many fights in the u.s. senate, this one for senator chuck hagel, the president's pick to lead the pentagon, ashley, and looking at the case the white house makes is one that he's a decorated combat veteran, bun who is a bipartisan pick as a former republican senator from the state of nebraska, shows, the white house says, dependence in the pick, and advocate for war veterans, and the white house wants to make the point that he would be a solid steward of taxpayer money. >> as a successful businessman, he knows as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so widely guided by strategy and keep the military the strongest fighting force the world has ever known. >> giving republicans pause, once described the budget as bloated, something he wants to address the the pentagon, and, also, comments made regarding the u.s.' s
. in upholding the obama at the ministration's right to secrecy, u.s. district judge colleen mcmahon expressed misgivings about the drone program itself writing -- the alice-in-wonderland nature some of the first details have emerged on the white house's effort to tackle gun control in the aftermath of last month's shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut. the washington buzz reports the task force overseen by vice- president joe biden is mulling proposals include some reinstatement of the expired ban on assault weapons and high- capacity magazines, universal background checks for all gun buyers, a database to track the trajectory arms nationwide, more detailed mental health checks, and harsher penalties for carrying a gun near a school or giving one to minors. the administration is reportedly hoping to counter nra opposition by convincing gun retailers such as walmart that the new measures would help their profits. news of the proposals comes after yet another shooting in aurora, colorado, site of the nation's second worse than rampage last year after newtown. a gunman killed three people in
with. and talking to sources here at the white house, wolf, for how much controversy there is around this nomination, this is something that those close to president obama feel good about, that they feel ultimately he will be able to clear the senate and this was something obviously that was out there for some time. and that this was a decision that the president came to perhaps not too difficultly. but i think something that struck me and we just heard what president obama said there, was that when he referenced that chuck hagel knows america stands strongest when it stands with allies, that seemed to be answering that criticism that some have had about his position on iran, some critics particularly republicans saying that he's been soft on iran, that he hasn't been a friend of israel, the white house has been emphasizing that while hagel has been skeptical as they put it of unilateral sanctions against iran, they have been stressing his votes, supporting sanctions against iran and the context of a coalition including the u.s. sort of opposing iran with the sanctions. and that is o
website, this afternoon president obama is expected to make a couple of personnel announcements. chuck hegel is the picked to replace leon panetta. the current white house counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, is expected to be nominated to the cia. there were concerns over his endorsement a few years ago. we'll have live coverage of the announcement today, here on c- span. again, chuck hagel, right now chairing the atlantic council. also, john brennan, nominated to head the cia. he is the current white house counter-terrorism adviser and cia deputy director for a couple of years. those announcements were expected this afternoon. -- are expected this afternoon. we will likely hear more about these nominations today during a white house briefing. we will have live coverage of that also here on c-span. >> i think that cyber security remains the top priority. we saw congress failing to reach an agreement on the legislation in 2012, as many would have predicted. they remain very far apart because industry is opposed to these security standards. >> another big issue w
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